What is end-of-life planning?

According to the National Institute of Health, end-of-life planning may include making choices about the following:

  • Pain and symptom management
  • Advance care planning and directives
  • Effective, accessible treatments
  • Strategies that will increase quality of life
  • Palliative and hospice care
  • Where you wish to spend your final days


While SERS cannot advise you on specific topics related to end-of-life preparation, we can direct you to several resources that may helpful.


Advance Care Directive


Your local Area Agency on Aging


National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization

National POLST Paradigm

National Resource Center on Psychiatric Advance Directives


Advance Care Toolkits

American Bar Association

Center for Practical Bioethics (Caring Conversations)


Elder Abuse Prevention and Reporting

Ohio Attorney General

Check with your county’s Department of Job and Family Services.


Extended Care


U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs


For Caregivers


Caregiver Action Network

Elder Care Locator

Family Caregiver Alliance

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs


Health Insurance

Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program



ALS Association

Alzheimer’s Association

American Heart Association

American Lung Association

American Society of Clinical Oncology


Heart Failure Society of America


Legal Resources

AssistGuide Information Services

Ohio State Legal Services Association (OSLSA)

National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys

National Elder Law Foundation


Long-Term Care Ombudsman

Office of the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman


Meal Delivery


Meals on Wheels America


Organ Donation

American Society of Transplantation

Department of Health and Human Services

Donate Life



Ohio Department of Aging  (1-800-266-4346)


Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging  (1-800-589-7277)

Franklin County Office on Aging  (614-525-5230)


Direction Home of Eastern Ohio  (1-800-686-7367)

Direction Home: Akron and Canton Area Agency on Aging and Disabilities  (1-800-421-7277)

Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging  (216-621-0303)


Area Office on Aging of Northwestern Ohio, Inc  (1-800-472-7277)


Buckeye Hills Regional Council Aging and Disability (1-800-331-2644)


Council on Aging of Southwestern Ohio  (1-800-252-0155)


Area Agency on Aging  (1-800-258-7277)

Catholic Social Services of the Miami Valley  (1-800-300-2937)


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